Lindsey Graham urges Trump to re-open the government - here’s why

Lindsey Graham urges Trump to re-open the government - here’s why

Even as US President Donald Trump is consumed by his standoff with Democrats over the border and the US government shutdown, a potentially larger battle looms for the White House. With no negotiations expected during the weekend, the shutdown will enter its fourth week next week. But he said House Democrats would aggressively probe the Trump White House.

Roughly 800,000 federal workers did not receive paychecks that would have gone out on Friday.

On Sunday evening, Houston Bush airport stopped security screening at one of its terminals, due to a shortage of staff, and directed passengers to other terminals for security checks.

But he argued that reopening the government and attempting to find a legislative solution, then declaring a national emergency if those talks don't bear fruit, is the best way forward. "I will declare a national emergency", Trump said.

Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del., called Graham's idea to reopen the government a "great place to start".

Fifty-five percent of Americans believe Trump is more responsible for the government shutdown than Democrats in Congress, with only 32 percent blaming congressional Democrats and 9 percent saying both are equally responsible, according to a CNN/SSRS poll. Almost everyone at Nasa is being told to stay home, as are most at the internal revenue service, which processes tax returns and issues refunds, though the administration says it will issue refunds during the shutdown.

"But to understand that plan you would have to understand the fact that I won the election, and I promised. a Wall at the Southern Border".

A predictable partisan divide shapes the blame game, with 85 percent of Democrats citing Trump and Republicans as the cause and 68 percent of Republicans pointing the finger at congressional Democrats. That ended when congressional Republicans agreed to a short-term funding bill for closed agencies that was later extended. "[House Speaker Nancy] Pelosi and [Senate Minority Leader Charles] Schumer are not willing to negotiate at all".

Since that meeting both sides have blamed each other.

Trump has tried various angles to pressure Democratic negotiators, but they have not visibly budged from an offer to support some border security spending - the figure of US$1.3 billion (RM5.33 billion) has been floated - but not the US$5.7 billion he wants for a wall. "The Republican-controlled Senate and a handful of senators will make that decision". "Think? Did I say think?" she said.

"I'm not surprised he is where he is right now, I just think it's really bad for the country".

Republican senator Lindsey Graham, chairperson of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said he urged the president on Sunday to reopen the government for a limited period to try to get talks going again.

"Most conservatives want it to be the last resort he would use", said Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., a leader of the conservative House Freedom Caucus who speaks to Trump frequently. The president expects the justices will strike DACA down as unconstitutional; in his favor is the court's conservative-leaning majority, secured after Trump filled two vacancies.

Trump also suggested that he is open to including protections for "dreamers", who were brought to the country illegally as children, as part of a deal. "I think it's the most insulting article I've ever had written", Trump told Fox News's Jeanine Pirro after the New York Times reported that law enforcement officials in 2017 began investigating whether Trump had been working on behalf of Russian Federation against American interests. "This is money that would otherwise have gone to the cartels".

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